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YWCA Hosts YouthServe Urban Service Camps

July 24, 2012

For three weeks during the summer, the YWCA staff greeted three very excited groups of teenagers who, with sleeping bags and suitcases in tow, made the YW their home for one week. This summer, 96 local youth participated in YouthServe's annual Urban Service Camp.

Birmingham Quilter's Guild Stops by YWCA for Christmas in July

July 18, 2012


The YWCA Central Alabama recently celebrated Christmas in July when 23 elves from the Birmingham Quilters Guild (BQG) stopped by to help prepare for Santa's Workshop.

Sewing machines and cutting boards covered the Sloss Room at the YWCA as members of the BQG made over 600 items for Santa's Workshop which is held every December.

YWCA Central Alabama to Host Inaugural YWhisper Event

July 11, 2012

Homelessness, domestic violence and racism are uncomfortable subjects that are often avoided in society, especially in social situations. In an effort to encourage open dialogue about these critical problems that are plaguing the Birmingham community, the YWCA Central Alabama will be hosting its inaugural YWhisper event on Wednesday, July 18th.

YWhisper is an event designed to engage Birmingham young professionals and others and to highlight and promote the programs and services of the YWCA - it's "not your typical cocktail conversation."

Preventing the Summer Slide

July 3, 2012

The importance of summer enrichment is becoming more and more important to the children that the YWCA serves. Over the past year, the YWCA has participated in a citywide workgroup sponsored by Belk and the Summer Learning Institute to determine summer needs, strengths and develop a work plan. This research indicated that children experience a learning phenomenon called "Summer Slide." This means that children who do not maintain their academic skills through the summer experience a loss. This is especially concerning for children who may already be behind.

YWCA Central Alabama Hosts Summer CREW Work Program for Area Teens

June 27, 2012

Summer is in full swing in YWoodlawn and the housing staff and AmeriCorps members at the Family Resource Center are working cooperatively with the Woodlawn Foundation to host the Summer CREW program that is providing work training and enrichment opportunities for our YWoodlawn teens age 14-18.

The YWCA Cornucopia

February 21, 2012

During the Thanksgiving season we often see pictures of the cornucopia - the "horn of plenty" overflowing with fruits and flowers and grains.  It reminds us to be thankful for the abundances in our lives.

YWCA Central Alabama Hosts 2011 Annual Meeting

February 13, 2012

More than 100 past and present YW Board and Junior Board members and community leaders attended the Annual Meeting of the YWCA Central Alabama on Tuesday, January 31.

YWCA Participates in Statewide Day of Giving

February 1, 2012

On Thursday, February 2nd, the YWCA Central Alabama will partner with hundreds of other Alabama nonprofits in the inaugural Alabama Gives Day, a statewide day of giving. Alabama Gives Day is a 24 hour event that starts at midnight on February 2nd and concludes at 11:59 p.m. Through the combined marketing efforts of local media and participating nonprofits, Alabamians will be driven to a central donation website. The website allows donors to choose the nonprofit they wish to support and to make their gift.

YWCA Partners with Girls on the Run to Empower Young Girls

January 13, 2012

The YWCA Central Alabama has partnered with Girls on the Run to provide a healthy after-school activity to build self-esteem for girls in YWoodlawn. Girls on the Run (GOTR) is a positive youth development program which combines an interactive curriculum and running to inspire self-respect and healthy lifestyles in pre-teen girls.